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Orange Sedge Carex testacea

  • Hardy Zones
    • 7 - 10
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 12 - 16 Inches
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Orange Sedge Carex testacea
Part Sun to Sun 12 - 16

Features

Lovely olive grass turns orange in cool weather

Foliage Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary
Grass: 
Grass

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
12 - 16 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 15 Inches
Flower Shade: 
None
Foliage Colors: 
Brown
Foliage Shade: 
Bronze
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Grass
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Container
Uses Notes: 

Fantastic in mixed autumn containers, window boxes and beds

Maintenance Notes: 

Orange Sedge is a cool-season grass. Where temperatures get colder than zero degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.

In areas where winter temperatures remain above zero degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Cool-season grasses put on most of their growth in spring before temperatures begin exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit and in the fall when temperatures cool down. They generally maintain good color through the summer but won't grow much when it is hot.
Cut back cool season grasses in very early spring.

Cool season grasses tend to look good even as the weather cools. Leave their foliage in place until spring and then as soon as the snow is gone cut them back. Leave about 1/3 of the plant in place. Trimming cool season grasses too harshly can irreparably harm the plant.

Divide cool season grasses in spring or early fall. Cool season grasses are actively growing in spring and fall. These grasses can be transplanted at either time of the year but early spring is probably the best time to divide. If you do divide them in the fall, be careful that the freeze/thaw cycles of winter don't heave the plants out of the ground, this happened to a couple of my coral bells last winter.

  • Planted several in my Seattle WA parking strip, about 18" on center in groups of one, two, or three. If planted carefully so they're not below the surrounding soil, but with a low watering well, & not flooded w/ water, they grow beautifully & retain their multi-colored blades all year. Flower stalks fountain & droop. i remove these by simply combing thru the grass w/ my bare fingers, pulling gently. I've never in 5 years cut them back. In spring I pull out any dead blades around the base of each plant. I'll be planting more in my front garden to tie it to the parking strip. Looks beautiful w/ Lavender 'Hidcote' & Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' or 'Obsidian'.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Mij Convery
    3 years ago
  • I bought 2 1Qt. plants over 6 months ago.Both plants have had roots exposed for all mother nature has had to offer.They are in pots now and look like better than when purched.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Selina
    California
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Great color for the garden needs water to become established, but eventually moderately drought tolerant. Tolerates a variety of conditions

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Nathan Smith
    California
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Beautiful plant that grows well in the full sun along walkways...blowing in the wind

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Nancy
    California
    United States
    4 years ago
  • I use this so much in my work as a garden designer. It is simply a great grass that gives something to every season

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Sue Goetz
    Washington
    United States
    4 years ago
  • love this grass -- it's a clumper not a spreader, and really is showy under the fir trees

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Meg Jones
    Washington
    United States
    4 years ago
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